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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Traditions | Hiding the Easter Basket

I really love holidays. I've always loved an excuse for presents, candy, and special activities. But there's something that's even more exciting about it now that I get to play a role like the Easter Bunny and make holidays magical for someone else. I had a blast picking out treats for Travis's Easter basket and putting it together. He's too young for a basketful of candy, but there are still plenty of fun things that he can get:

+ Stuffed bunny
+ Bubbles
+ Sidewalk chalk
+ Coloring/activity book
+ Yogurt melts inside plastic eggs
+ Puffs
+ Chocolate bunny (the one sugary thing that he did get!)
+ The Story of Easter

My parents were never very religious and never told me the story behind Easter, but I want to raise Travis to understand why we celebrate.

Holiday traditions are fun to uphold every year. My family's plans for Easter so far are this:

+ I'm making pancakes in the morning,
+ We're having an Easter egg hunt,
+ We're packing a lunch,
+ Then we're hauling our butts off to the beach!
+ And on the way home, we're going to stop off at a barbecue joint for dinner.

And somewhere in there, Travis will get to hunt for his Easter basket! One fun activity that my parents did each Easter was to hide our Easter baskets. They were never very hard to find--just under a desk or a table or behind a big piece of furniture. But it added another exciting element to the whole thing! We always had the same Easter basket each year so my sister and I knew whose basket was whose. Obviously this year, I'm not going to really try to hide the basket. Travis still doesn't actually know that it's Easter this weekend and that the Easter Bunny is going to come bring him treats. But it's fun to start traditions.

What are some of your family's Easter traditions? Do you have Easter plans this year?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Egg Vase

I went to Target for M&Ms and dog food the other day and consequently came out with a whole cartful of Easter goodness. I've--I mean the Easter Bunny has--already gotten Travis's Easter basket together! Last year for Easter, Travis just got a bunch of new little newborn toys because he was only two months old. This year is much more exciting because he gets to participate and will enjoy his Easter basket more and he will get to have an Easter egg hunt! :)

Of course, as part of Travis's Easter basket, I got plastic eggs and plastic grass. There are a lot more in those bags than it seems like, so I was very thankful that I only ended up getting one bag of eggs and one bag of grass, because I had contemplated getting two.

My parents have a whole cabinet full of vases in their laundry room, so when I was brainstorming what I could do with the leftover eggs and grass, I decided that an Easter egg vase seemed like the perfect idea!

I just stuffed a bit of plastic grass into the bottom of the vase and arranged the plastic eggs in the vase the best that I could. Another layer of grass, then two eggs just chilling on the top. I'm very pleased! It's so festive!

That didn't even use up all of the eggs, so I'm also contemplating making an Easter egg garland. Because why the heck not?!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

10 Healthy Breakfast Options

You know what they always say--breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It's the meal that begins your day, that starts off the kind of day that you're going to have. So why not make it good? I'm the kind of person that's guilty of just scooting out the door after just a cup of coffee and maybe a granola bar, so I understand the hassle of having to deal with breakfast. But who wouldn't love to start their day with a delicious and healthy meal? I'm going to make a conscious effort to eat breakfast more often, so I found a few really inspiring healthy breakfast options.